As we learned in Part One of this series, the occupations and tasks carried out by men and women were many and varied. And we also learned that because many trades were a mix of cottage industry and manufacturing on a larger scale, the home and field section tends to cross over with jobs in … Continue reading Occupations in Bible Times, Part II: In the Market Place
Work and vocation, as instituted by God, are good. Scripture opens with God at work, creating the entire world and giving man and woman their first occupations: farming and homemaking. He set them to care for the earth, work for their own living, and make or grow what they needed. And although Israel always remained … Continue reading Occupations in Bible Times Part 1: In the Home and Field
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Galilee, a name well-known and much loved by many around the world. But in Christ's time, the rabbis and religious leaders looked on Galilee with disdain. They viewed Judea proper, with its traditional lore and academic excellence, as far superior. The Galileans, they felt, were nothing but hot-headed country bumpkins. This nothernmost region of Israel lies south of … Continue reading Galilee in the Time of Christ
Although his birthdate is unknown, Pontius Pilate was born to the Pontii clan, possibly in what was known as the Samnium region of central Italy, as Marcus Pontius Pilates. He was the prefect, or governor, of Judaea under the reign of the emporer Tiberius. We know little more than this, but much of what we … Continue reading Pontius Pilate: A Character Sketch
It is the last day of our Lord's earthly life. He has just spent a night of anguish. In distress over leaving his disciples, anguish of soul over what he must face. Betrayed, denied, and abandoned by his disciples. Arrest, maltreatment, and mockery from the Jewish authorities. A night to send most anyone into a … Continue reading What Then Shall I Do With Jesus?
Shepherding is one of man's oldest occupations, second only to gardening and farming. Abel was the first in the Bible to keep sheep. But the first mention of a nomadic herdsman came later in Genesis chapter 4 with Jabal: the father of those who live in tents and have lifestock. Afterward, nomadic stock keeping quickly … Continue reading A Shepherd's Life in Bible Times